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Forest Schools at Noakes Grove


Bring your kids

We welcome children as visitors to Noakes Grove (as long as they bring an adult with them). As well as ordinary visits, whenever you like, there are also forest schools. and other groups


Forest School Relaxation and Mindfulness Retreats Home schooling Group


Under old NoakeForest School

Run by Tara Webb, you can find out more about Nelly's Den at or at their Facebook page. Email Nelly's Den.

In the middle of Noakes Grove, under the shade of an ancient oak tree, is a ring of oak-logs. On alternate Fridays these make an outdoor classroom for Nelly's Den. Pre-school children (and their mums or dads) come from 10 until 11.30. There is always a snack and drink round a camp fire, children can dig and search for bugs, sing songs, play games, use tools to make natural crafts, learn about the natural world and promote nature connection.on.on.


Nellys Den tree swing
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Relaxation and Mindfulness Retreats

At the Retreat we teach relaxation and mindfulness by encouraging children to use their senses in a fun and interactive way.  Children are guided by their innate love for the natural world. The retreat will enable children to learn lifelong skills towards good health and wellbeing. Together we will create a relaxing story that can be used at home benefiting the whole family.

After-school seasonal sessions run on Tuesdays all year at 3.45 pm - 5.15 pm starting in September. For more information please contact. Nikki at (07966579345) or visit


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Home schooling group: Noakes Grove campfire


On Tuesdays a wider age range of children spend several hours at Noakes Grove (again with their parents or carers). This is the local home-schooling group who make the whole of Noakes Grove their classroom for a day.

Contact Saffron Walden and Bishop's Stortford Home Education Group email: